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Luis Mario's A Night at The Sanctuary 1971

Luis Mario's A Night at The Sanctuary 1971

Playing tracks by

Bobby Bird & Vicki Anderson, Earth,Wind & Fire, Earth, Wind & Fire, Honey Cone, Denis Coffey and more.

Luis Mario's Tribute to DJ Francis Grasso at the Sanctuary 1971
I have recreated a live performance from Francis Grasso. From the only live recording that exists. No technological equipment is used to recreate the sequences; it is strictly vinyl and using his technique of the “slip-cueing”. The mixing is just as it was played by Francis. In 1971. I used the same playlist at the same time in the early 70's
I would like to pay tribute to my friend and mentor DJ Francis Grasso, the innovator and creator of the slip-cueing technique. I would like to thank Francis for allowing me to record him while he was performing. A little recorder was placed near the DJ area “The Altar” remember this was a church. On the original recording you can hear the participation from the audience and how they reacted to the music this man was playing and mixing by clapping their hands, cheering and chanting with whistles and screams.


Hotmix Sounds

Greeting from Dallas TX!


AWESOME! I was a member of the Sanctuary. Had a blue card. Danced many a night there with the floor vibrating. Best music ever! Lots of good times! NYFD would raid the place every weekend!

Alfredo Estevez

It sounds like the soundtrack from the movie superfly .I love it.

Wanda Jannina

Sidewalks were rolled up by 11 PM in Philly. So my sister and I disco-overed Underground NYC. And the music mix by Francis was ecstatic. One of the best times of my life. When I told people in Philly that we paid $5 to listen and dance to vinyl and what!!! no band! one guy said we got gypped. lol lol lol

John Ceglia

Very nice, my friend!

Razvan Gorea

ssoooo dope yo !!!!! love it

Marcia 'DaViNYlMC' Carr

Great track selection; takes you on a journey for sure - uplifting too!
Thank you for sharing the story, a memoir of importance and a story that should be shared some more.

maggie han

thank you so much for putting this together. unfortunately I was not only too young but on the other side of the very place of which I've wished I would love to have seen and experienced such legends like Fracis Grasso and Jim Burgess. I can see this mix will be on my high rotation for awhile yet. It's fabulous!

Dwaine Wheeler

Luis, Did a Paul Blum have any connection to The Sanctuary? I've heard so many stories.....


Great mix and great piece of history. I can hear that the transitions from one record to another are short, with almost no overlapping . DJs like Larry Levan would overlap soul and disco songs even on basic Thorens decks. Did you try to reproduce Francis Grasso's technique by switching from one record to another very fast and did you use the same hardware?